It’s no big secret that boating isn’t hazard-free; If you’re not careful enough, your recreational boating activity might turn into a bona fide disaster. According to the Turkey Travel Planner, boating accidents are the 15th leading cause of death out of 30 leading causes. It is just above drowning, and a little more common than bus accidents. In the United States, the figure of recreational boating fatalities (including drowning incidents) in 2009 was 736.
Sadly, most of these cases could have been prevented by observing proper boating safety measures. We at Eris Propellers value your safety, and believe it’s about time you refresh yourself on some safety measures you might have forgotten out of convenience:
1. Always wear a life jacket. 84% of fatalities are caused by failure to wear life jackets! Most of these fatalities occur in open motorboats where the boaters weren’t wearing lifejackets. You may look a tad less unglamorous, but your safety must always be of primary concern.
2. Never drink while driving. According to BoatingSafety.com, 50% of boating accidents are alcohol-related. A blood alcohol content of 0.10% should be reason enough to stop you from boating. Why? It results in imbalance, your vision is impaired, and you begin to lack focus. Boating is no less complicated than driving a car, and we all know the dangers of drunk driving.
Keep in mind that different people have varying levels of alcohol tolerance. You may be the type of person who easily gets drunk on a bottle or two of beer. If you are, then you should refrain from drinking beer well before boating altogether.
3. Take boating lessons. If you really care about the safety of your family, then you ought to be prepared both in practice and theory. There are RYA short based courses designed to teach you basic navigation, safety, pilotage, and other related courses. There are short intensive one day courses such as First Aid, VHF and Radar Courses, and Diesel Engine, which are regularly offered throughout the world.
4. Check the propellers, engine, and navigation system before boating. A basic rule of thumb is to make sure that everything about your boat is in working condition before you sail into the sea. Admittedly, this exercise can get quite tedious and repetitive. However, you want to be sure and prevent accidents from happening to you. Take a look at our other boat propeller tips, and you’ll be one step further away from boating dangers.